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Franco Foda

Franco Foda

German footballer
Franco Foda
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro German footballer
Is Sports official Athlete Football player Association football player Association football manager
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 23 April 1966, Mainz
Age 55 years
Star sign Taurus
The details (from wikipedia)


Franco Foda (born 23 April 1966 in Mainz) is a German football manager and former player.

Football career

Playing career

Foda played as a defender with his home town club 1. FSV Mainz 05. He turned professional, playing for 1. FC Kaiserslautern for three matches in 1983–84), then moving to Arminia Bielefeld followed by 1. FC Saarbrücken, playing in both the first and second division. He then returned to Kaiserslautern for three further seasons, and played as a substitute in the West German national team in December 1987 against Brazil (1–1) and Argentina (0–1).

Foda joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1990, where he was a key defensive player and scored four league goals in his fourth season, as Leverkusen finished third. He then played with VfB Stuttgart, FC Basel (a short 1997 spell) and SK Sturm Graz, retiring in 2001 at 35, having played 321 German first division matches.

Coaching career

Early career

Foda moved into coaching with Sturm Graz as an assistant coach. He had been interim head coach between 20 September 2002 until November 2002. At this point, Foda became the permanent head coach until they hired Gilbert Gress to become the head coach on 4 June 2003. He then went on to coach the reserve team immediately after to when he was promoted to head coach of the first team on 1 June 2006. Sturm Graz won the 2010–11 Bundesliga and the 2009–10 Austrian Cup under Foda. He was originally scheduled to leave after the 2011–12 season. However, he ended up being sacked on 12 April 2012 after the club was knocked–out of the Austrian Cup.

1. FC Kaiserslautern

On 22 May 2012, Foda was announced as new head coach of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, who had just been relegated to the second division after two seasons in the top flight. On 29 August 2013, he was sacked as head coach with immediate effect.

Return to Sturm Graz

Foda returned to Sturm Graz on 30 September 2014 and won his first match in–charge on 4 October 2014 against Grödig.

Coaching record

As of 17 December 2016
Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref.
Sturm Graz 20 September 2002 4 June 2003 33 13 4 16 39.39
Sturm Graz II 4 June 2003 1 June 2006 93 34 24 35 36.56
Sturm Graz 1 June 2006 12 April 2012 258 117 65 76 45.35
1. FC Kaiserslautern 22 May 2012 29 August 2013 44 20 13 11 45.45
Sturm Graz 30 September 2014 Present 92 42 24 26 45.65
Total 520 226 130 164 43.46

Personal life

His son Sandro (born 1989) first appeared professionally with Sturm Graz in 2007, when his father was head coach.



Foda in 2009.
1. FC Kaiserslautern
  • DFB-Pokal 1989–90
Bayer Leverkusen
  • DFB-Pokal: 1992–93
Sturm Graz
  • Austrian Football Bundesliga: 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Austrian Cup: 1998–99
  • Austrian Supercup: 1999


Sturm Graz
  • Austrian Cup: 2009–10
  • Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2010–11

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